You don’t work in education because it’s easy – you do it because it matters. You want to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s what we want, too.
At PLNU, we are here for the same reasons you are: We truly believe in the power of education, and we care deeply about individuals — including you.
When you join PLNU’s Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in educational administration, you will challenge yourself to become a more effective administrator. Everyone you encounter here will share that goal with you, from your admissions counselor to your professors. Rest assured, PLNU’s School of Education will take a personal interest in you and care about your concerns, experience, beliefs, and goals.
Lasting Network of Support
PLNU’s education alumni network, Education Associates, keeps you connected long after graduation. Faculty have a reputation for staying in touch and continuing to mentor students. Career counseling and additional professional development opportunities are always available to you.
Relevant Topics to Meet Real Needs
District partnerships ensure PLNU’s curriculum addresses current needs and topics facing educators. In addition to offering accredited programs grounded in research, PLNU equips you to integrate your beliefs, values, and goals with your teaching practice.
Customizable and Convenient
Whether you are a classroom teacher, or in a workplace or nonprofit teaching or training setting, this program can be tailored to meet your needs. Six certificate options allow you to specialize in an area of interest while developing transferable, employer-desired abilities and skills. Choose from multiple locations, full- or part-time schedules, and face-to-face, online, and hybrid course options.
The best leaders have a deep understanding of history and tradition but are also forward thinking. They seek to impact tomorrow by transforming lives and institutions today.
In PLNU’s educational administration program, you will gain the skills and mindset to become the kind of visionary leader you know is needed today. Rooted in a solid awareness of historical practices and theories, our program will help you analyze (and even create!) the newest developments in the field. Whether you are currently working at a school site or aspire to be in school administration, we will further your ability to handle the demands of the diverse and rapidly-changing school environment. Because we know that leaders can’t be created in a vacuum, we specifically designed this cohort program to allow you to collaborate and learn from your peers and mentors in your region. Let us help you become the leader you were meant to be.
Degree and Credential Offerings:
- Master of Arts in Education with a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential: Educators who seek to lead at school sites or at the district level and are interested in obtaining a master's degree – 36 semester units
- Preliminary Administrative Services Credential only: Educators who seek to lead school sites or at the district level – 24 semester units
- Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential: New or experienced administrators who need to clear their preliminary credential – 12 semester units
When you and your classmates complete PLNU's M.A. in Education with a concentration in educational administration, you will be prepared to:
- Promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
- Promote the success of all students by modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity.
- Promote the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
- The CPSEL* are embedded in each of the six courses. The six units of fieldwork are the application of the six CPSEL
*According to the California Teaching Commission (CTC), "The California Professional Standards for Education Leaders (CPSEL) identify what an administrator must know and be able to do to move into sustainable, effective practice. They are a set of broad policy standards that are the foundation for administrator preparation, induction, development, professional learning and evaluation in California. Taken together, the CPSEL describe critical areas of leadership for administrators and offer a structure for developing and supporting education leaders throughout their careers."